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Fusion 360: A Design Visualization Tool

Fusion 360 is your cloud-based CAD/CAM solution but also a design visualization tool to cater to your rendering and even your animation needs. I am going to showcase some of the capabilities, tip and tricks of Fusion 360 which will add a new diverse element to your designs and how you present your models to clients, customers and colleagues.

To begin we will open the Rendering workspace in Fusion buy hitting the dropdown and selecting Render.


Our Render workspace adds in a different scene and view of our assembly compared to pour model workspace


Model Workspace


Render Workspace

At the bottom of the screen we can see the render gallery, Fusion automatically create 3-4 renders of the model in the background when you are working on the model. By clicking on these we can get a preview of the render.



The Preview of the render give the options to rerender in a different scene or settings, render as a Turntable or Motion Study, change exposure , download to your local drive and share externally.

Choosing the Render as Turntable Option brings up the Render Settings Dialog Box, where I can control Output type, Image Size, Aspect Ratio, Frames and Quality. The settings I choose determine the number of Cloud Credits it will take to complete the rendering.


Once I hit the Render button, my render is sent to the cloud to process, I can see the progress of my render in the Gallery at the bottom of the screen.


The results of my turntable render:


Next, I am going to add a wooden board which my knife may be used to cut on. First, I will create a new component for my board.


I am going to use a mahogany finish for my wooden board:


Adjust my scene settings, in this case I am using a solid colour for my background but if you can find a suitable environment HDR to place in the render it can also have a great effect on the design.


Below are the render settings that I use which I believe give some of the best results, you may have to try different settings for different outputs. I also find it beneficial to try a render on low settings first to get an idea of what it may look like before committing to a longer render



We hope you enjoyed this blog on how you can utilize Fusion 360 as your design visualization tool.

In our next blog we will look at the use of animation in Fusion 360 but for more information please contact us by clicking below and requesting to speak with our Fusion 360 Specialist!


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Tags: Product Design, Product support, visualization, Autodesk Products, Fusion 360

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